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Erate pieE-rate Discounts for Nebraska's Public Libraries
(Universal Service Fund)

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About the E-rate program

What is E-rate?

Get started in the E-rate Program

Step-by-Step Applicant Process 

Application Process Flow Chart

General E-rate Timeline

E-rate Timelines for Funding Years 2019 and 2020. Click images to see full size.

    E-rate Forms and Deadlines 2019   FormsDeadlinesFY2020

E-rate News & Updates

7/24/2020 - E-rate Adding Multifactor Authentication to Login Process

5/12/2020 - Over $3.5 Million in E-rate Funding Awarded to Nebraska Schools and Libraries

3/13/2020 - E-rate Form 471 Application Filing Window Extended to April 29 - The deadline to submit the Form 470 is now April 1.

2/4/2020 - E-rate: Form 470 Deadline is February 26

11/8/19 - 'E-rate: What's New for 2020?' Recording now available

Glossary of E-rate Acronyms and Terms

Background of the Universal Service Fund: E-Rate 

Nebraska E-Rate Mailing List

FCC.gov: The E-rate Program

E-Rate Central

Training

E-rate: What's New for 2020? - Recorded online session (2 hours 41 minutes) and presentation slides. 

USAC's Training Series for Applicants - general self-paced training modules.

USAC Videos - step-by-step tutorials on each E-rate form.

USAC Webinars - upcoming and recordings

Previous NLC E-rate Workshops:  2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  

Forms required for E-rate participation

E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) - account and application management portal for the E-rate program. As of Funding Year 2016, most forms submitted via the EPC.

Search Tools - Look up the status of your application

Form User Guides and Instructions - PDF

Form 470 - Description of Services Requested and Certification Form

Video Tutorials - FCC Form 470 Video Series

Form 470 User Guide

Eligible Services List  

Category One Services Drop-Down Menu Reference Table

Toward Gigabit Libraries Broadband Toolkit - learn about your broadband infrastructure and IT environment.

Form 471 - Services Ordered and Certification Form

Before the 471 Filing Window opens (check Adminstrative Window closing date):

1. Update your Organization Profile

2. Answer your Connectivity Questions

Video Tutorials - FCC Form 471 Video Series

FRN Drop-down menus for Function - Internet/Voice/Category Two

FCC Registration Number - look up your library's FCC RN or request a FCC RN

FSCS Code - look up your library's FSCS ID Number - in parentheses after your library's name

Calculating Your Discount - Instructions/Example for Libraries

Nebraska Schools Free and Reduced Lunch Counts by School

Urban/Rural Lookup Tool

Discount Matrix

Form 486 - Receipt of Service Confirmation Form

Video Tutorial - How to File the FCC Form 486

Form 472 or 474 - Invoice USAC

Form 472 - Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form - to receive reimbursement after you have paid your bill; submitted by applicant.

Video Tutorial - FCC Form 472 - BEAR Form

Form 472 (BEAR) User Guide

Form 498 - Service Provider And Billed Entity Identification Number and Contact Information Form - to submit banking information to USAC for BEAR Direct Payments

DUNS Number Lookup - look up your library's DUNS Number

Get a DUNS number - if your library doesn't already have one.

Form 474 - Service Provider Invoice (SPI) - to receive the discount on your bill; submitted by service provider.

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

USAC CIPA Information and Instructions

Full text of CIPA Act

Changes to the E-rare Program and Complying with CIPA: A Brief FAQ - August 2017, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)

CIPA: Myths vs. Reality

E-Rate Central CIPA Resources

FCC Guide to CIPA

ALA information on CIPA

Filtering Resources

The Nebraska Library Commission does not endorse any specific product or policy for use as an Internet protection measure. Information provided is for reference purposes.

Internet Use Compliance & Filtering - Filter options from the Idaho Commission for Libraries

Comparison of content-control software - Wikipedia

Technology Plans

As of Funding Year 2015, Technology Plans are no longer required for E-rate. This information is still provided for previous years, and anyone needing a Technology Plan for other purposes.

Technology Planning  

Contacts

Christa Porter is the State E-rate Coordinator for Public Libraries in Nebraska. She can be reached at the Library Commission via email, or by calling 402-471-3107, or 800-307-2665.

Nebraska E-rate contacts for public libraries and schools

E-rate Funding Recipients

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For more information, contact Christa Porter.